With every passing magazine and assembly, I ask myself, why?
Why does the Governing Body care? The diatribes against college, against the internet and i-phones and vampire movies and afterschool sports and social networks and everything new, interesting or useful in the world, why? Why fight the loss of elders, the loss of youth, the loss of donations, or the malaise in congregations, generally?
Why? An old, stubborn elder taught me why and it's simple - they cannot accept the humble conclusion THAT THEY WERE WRONG. They cannot believe that the WHOLE THING WAS FOR NOTHING. That the Organization they sacrificed everything for is nothing more than a footnote in human history, and soon to be forgotten. That THEY are soon to be forgotten, irrelevant. This is personal!
This old elder left a lengthy statement that was read aloud at his funeral. It emphasized over and over to 'never give up the truth!' He got touched by some who gave up completely, feeling that the Organization was an utter waste of time and this, I believe, was his final response. He COULD NOT BE WRONG ABOUT ALL OF IT - and that tells me that we are witnessing a situation like Hitler in the bunker - or Mao Tse Tung in the Cultural Revolution - the same egotistical spirit, "I can't be wrong, I couldn't have wasted my whole life in this".
I don't see that 'apostasy' has that great a practical effect on the Organization, at least directly. If the Governing Body reacts emotionally to the existence of 'apostates', then it is, indeed, emotional! We can't have been wrong!
Will they exhaust themselves in this quest? Perhaps.......